And the Winner Is….

… Pat! More than half of the entries liked The Meeting of the Minds notecard the best. What you should know about that photo is that I took it with my iphone camera – it was in no way posed. Pip’s natural inclination is to head butt with some force. After all, he is a goat, and that’s how he plays with Caper. But, I think that Candy did some sort of lop-eared mind meld that let him know he could say hello, if, and only if, he behaved. I actually saw him think about butting, and then gently get closer. Sweet.

Anyway, what I should say is “and the winner is…. me!”  Thank you all for telling me how much you love my animals and how much you appreciate my cams and blog.

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a very  nice day. I took the dogs for a long walk to the Hemlock woods. The path smelled like wet brown leaves and decaying pine needles. (Why doesn’t Yankee Candle sell that scent?) Can you see Scooter in the leaves in this photo?

I got the best presents – Steve gave me a DVD about the Jewish chicken farmers of Petaluma. My oldest son gave me a coupon for a dinner, and my youngest gave me a big bag of horse treats to feed the goats. Steve and I went out to dinner at Oleana. The chef’s husband is a vegetable farmer, and they use locally-sourced meats, but what I love about this restaurant is the use of vibrant North-African flavors.

The icing on the cake were all of your birthday greetings (I got a slew on FaceBook.) I have four projects sitting on various editors’ desks. I am waiting and waiting to hear if they deem any of my work worth publishing, so to get all of your affirmations that what I do is meaningful to you, really and truly keeps me going.

The rose on the top of the cake was a note from one of my very favorite novelists, Jo-Ann Mapson. She found me through google while researching chicken behavior for a new novel. A Jo-Ann Mapson book with chickens? I can’t wait! AND she said she likes my writing style. Really, it was just that sort of a warm and fuzzy day.

Lily Dog is at my feet. She says that long walks to the Hemlock woods should not be limited to birthdays. She’s right.


  1. So glad you had a wonderful day! Simple birthdays are the BEST!!! Happy belated birthday!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday Terry! Your blog and cams are a gift to others each day- how generous of you to let us share in your world of beauty found in the simple things, critters with personality plus, and the joy you find each day in them!

  3. I’ve been playing ‘catch-up’ with blog reading. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve had the time to read all my favorites. I’m starting up a home-based business and am overwhelmed with all the work (and TIME!) that it takes. :-)

    Your notecards are adorable! What a great idea. Perhaps I’ll do something like that in my new store as well.

    How is you son’s elbow healing?

  4. Ana’s and Chris’ food is wonderful — glad it was a great day for you. Have you tried Sofra?

  5. Oh my Goodness! I can’t believe I won the goat notes! I never win anything! This is so cool, especially since I will be getting some goats this spring! Please let me know how to claim my prize….
    Glad you had a happy birthday!

  6. Happy Belated Birthday!

    You are a special woman with a wonderful husband and children.
    Even though I don’t contribute to the blog everyday, I check it everyday to keep up with the goings on. I love (in toto).